Big Burn – Snowmass, CO

This detachable six place lift replaced an early generation detachable quad in 2020.
The bottom terminal is much more compact than the original.
Combination assemblies.
The top terminal has a DirectDrive.
Return terminal.
Lower part of the lift line and the bottom terminal.
Lift overview.
Side view of the return station.
A Leitner-Poma tower head.
Towers 1 and 2.
Lower part of the lift line.
Big Burn is famous for its ungroomed terrain.
Middle part of the lift line.
Chair spacing is quite wide on this lift.
Chairs are able to be fitted with bubble carriers in the future.
Towers 20 and 21 adjacent to the top terminal.
Side view of the drive station.
View from the summit.
Top terminal underskin.
End view of the drive terminal.
Arriving up top.
Breakover towers.
T15.
Almost all the towers on this lift have multiple tube segments.
Loading area.
View up near the bottom terminal.
Lower part of the line.
Middle lift line.
A Leitner carrier.
View down.
Looking down near the summit.
The final few towers.
Upper part of the lift line.
Side view up top.
Unloading area and operator shack.
Tower 13.

12 thoughts on “Big Burn – Snowmass, CO

  1. Peter December 25, 2020 / 8:02 pm

    Why’d aspen decide to use a different LPA terminal color scheme than that of High Alpine and Tiehack?

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    • Donald Reif December 25, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      Probably to match with Sheer Bliss next door.

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  2. Person December 25, 2020 / 8:10 pm

    I hope they add in the bubbles once the pandemic is over/calmed down

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  3. Donald Reif December 25, 2020 / 8:47 pm

    Would LPA chairs like these be able to carry the weight of bubbles? Because I could’ve sworn that bubbles required a different style hanger arm because of how heavy they are.

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    • Icewolf760 January 4, 2021 / 11:11 am

      I don’t think the LPA chairs are able to fit the bubbles because the Taco hanger are way different then the LPA Chairs. So they might just replace the LPA chairs with the bubble ones over next season. Plus the bubble covers themselves are very heavy to carry.

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    • pbropetech January 4, 2021 / 1:47 pm

      The current six-passenger chairs on this lift aren’t convertible. The bubble chairs have different seat pivot and front bar attachments and are a heavier gauge/larger diameter pipe. It’s possible these are the heavier bails as I have no reference from these photos, and the regular sixpack seat clamps may just be covering the boltholes for the bubble seats. The goosenecks/hanger arms on these are the same as the ones on our bubble chairs, though.

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  4. Somebody December 28, 2020 / 7:06 pm

    Why’d they make this the HSS instead of Sheer Bliss when SB covers all of Big Burn’s terrain?

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    • Myles Svec December 28, 2020 / 7:23 pm

      Because this lift was in need of a replacement and Sheer Bliss is newer.

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      • Somebody December 29, 2020 / 1:26 am

        Well the idea would’ve been to have gone with a Six on SB in 2008 instead of the quad, and then replaced Big Burn with a Quad around now.

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        • Donald Reif December 29, 2020 / 6:04 am

          Big Burn mostly serves blue terrain while Sheer Bliss only has one long blue plus a number of black runs off it.

          Although there’s an irony in that I think, right now, Sheer Bliss has more capacity on it than Big Burn, and its chair spacing seems to give it a capacity closer to 2,400 pph (vs. Big Burn’s 2,200 pph).

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    • Alex Merrill January 16, 2021 / 10:11 pm

      Like it or not the bburn sees far more traffic then sheer bliss. The terrain it directly serves is the most popular on that side of the mountain.

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